The Science and Philosophy of Happiness: A Collection of Videos, Articles, and Podcasts

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This page contains a collection of resources on the science and philosophy of happiness. It is aimed at beginners who want to learn more about happiness and teachers who are looking for beginner-friendly resources to supplement course readings. When looking for information on a new topic, some people are looking for a short beginner-friendly overview. Others prefer in-depth and more academic articles. Some people prefer to watch videos. Others prefer listening to podcasts. This collection of resources aims to make learning about the science and philosophy of happiness as easy …

Eleven Philosophical Quotes on Happiness (With References)

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This page contains a collection of philosophical quotes on happiness, arranged in roughly chronological order. These quotes are all genuine and details about the author, book, chapter number, and translation are included where applicable. Quotes that begin with a section of bold text are my personal favourites. Without further ado, here are eleven philosophical quotes on happiness: The human good turns out to be activity of soul in accordance with virtue, and if there are more than one virtue, in accordance with the best and most complete. But we must …

The Misery of Tyrants – a short reading from Plato’s Republic

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“He who is the real tyrant, whatever men may think, is the real slave, and is obliged to practise the greatest adulation and servility, and to be the flatterer of the vilest of mankind.” In this passage from book nine of Plato’s Republic, Socrates finally responds to the challenge set by Glaucon in book two; speaking as devil’s advocate, Glaucon claimed that people want nothing to restrict their desire for more and more of everything. If anyone could profit from acting unjustly and guarantee that they could get away with …

The Ring of Gyges and the Advantages of Injustice – a short reading from Plato’s Republic

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“Gods and men are said to unite in making the life of the unjust better than the life of the just.” This passage from Book II of Plato’s Republic raises a number of questions about human nature and the nature of justice: Is the life of the unjust man happier than man who is just? Are people inherently selfish? Is justice good for it’s own sake or because it leads to good consequences? What exactly is justice? The two speakers in this section of the dialogue are Glaucon and Socrates. …